Ag Expo comes to close
February 24, 2010
The annual Ag Expo ended Wednesday with attendance slightly below last year, with icy road conditions the first day and a bleak economy.
Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King said more than 3,000 attended, including 2,655 ticket holders and 450 vendors.
A year ago, the Expo attracted 3,700 attendees and 600 vendors.
â€śTuesday was extremely slow,â€ť King said. â€śToday we made up for it.â€ť
King said a few vendors couldnâ€™t make the show due to the weather.
â€śEverybody seemed to be doing good, they just didnâ€™t make many sales, but they made some good contacts,â€ť King said. â€śA lot of people might come out to price something, and then go elsewhere, and then come back. You never know what their motivation is for being here.â€ť
Vendor Chuck Guetz with Comanche Creek Enterprises of Kiowa, Colo., said the turnout for the Expo was a little disappointing.
â€śAll and all demographically it is a very good area for us to be in,â€ť Guetz said. â€śI was just hoping to see more ranchers and farmers out this year than we actually had.â€ť
This is the first time Comanche Creek participated in the Ag Expo. The company specializes in removal of burrowing rodents — gophers, prairie dogs and ground squirrels.
â€śAmarillo is the closest weâ€™ve been and we had a lot of success there,â€ť Guetz said. â€śWe anticipated good success here and weâ€™re likely to give it another chance even though we were disappointed. We were expecting more vendors here, and with more vendors, you will have more people out.â€ť
King said the Expo was a success despite fewer vendors.
â€śWith the economy like it is, weâ€™re just glad they were here,â€ť King said.
Another vendor at the Ag Expo, Craig Collins, foundation coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, said it was good.
â€śWe had a couple of people who were interested in the programs that we offer,â€ť Collins said. â€śI think the economy is such that people are either having a hard time getting a job and realizing they need a college education,â€ť Collins said.